Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former University of Maryland football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for its reckless disregard for the health of student athletes.
The plaintiff played college football for the University of Maryland from 1978 to 1981 as a running back. During his time playing for the university, he recalls suffering a number of concussive and sub-concussive hits. When he suffered a concussive or sub-concussive hit, he was told to “shake it off” and was immediately returned to play.
Although the plaintiff sustained repetitive concussive and sub-concussive hits in practices and games for the profit and promotion of the University of Maryland, the NCAA and the ACC failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines during the plaintiff’s time on the football team.
In fact, every time the plaintiff suffered a concussion, he was denied the treatment the NCAA and ACC knew was required to monitor, manage, and mitigate the effects associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
As a result of his time playing college football for the university, the plaintiff now suffers from severe depression, fatigue, headaches, memory loss, and sleeping disorders, among other debilitating issues.
The NCAA was established to improve “the experiences of student-athletes – on the field, in the classroom, and in life.” The organization currently governs over 400,000 student athletes across the country. However, despite the NCAA’s claims of assisting student athletes, many former college football players are living with the long term consequences of the failure to define adequate concussion protocols for many years.
Football programs like those at the University of Maryland help the NCAA and ACC make millions every year. Unfortunately, the NCAA and ACC failed to safeguard the health of the athletes responsible for this revenue.
Raizner Slania: Concussion Lawsuit Attorneys
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